Kuppet Teachers Renew War With TSC Over Transfers

  • A signpost showing Teachers Service Commission mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya.
    A signpost showing the Teachers Service Commission office. TSC is mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya
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  • Two teachers attached to Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have renewed their war with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). 

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, December 17, one of the affected teachers decried his transfer from Homa Bay to Nyamira claiming that it was unfair.

    He added that the move was initiated after he expressed his interest to vie for a position in the union's upcoming elections.

    "So far we are only two, but other teachers will soon come out to protest. My colleague aspired for the post of Executive Secretary in Homa Bay County and I expressed interest in the KUPPET Chairman post. 

    Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akelo Misori speaks to the media in Nairobi on January 15, 2020.
    Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akelo Misori speaks to the media in Nairobi on January 15, 2020.
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    "Actually we have been campaigning from the month of March 2020 and we had presented our nomination papers. The executive paid Ksh 50,000 and I paid Ksh 10,000 as nomination fee. We have invested in this financially, morally and materially. We appeared to be very strong candidates against the incumbent who have decided to curtail our dream of serving teachers. Our rights have been violated," he added.

    He further disclosed that he had issues with living in Nyamira County as the cold affected him since he was suffering from chronic asthma. 

    The teacher also alleged that TSC had closed its offices and those allowed in must have prior appointments to see specific individuals.

    A representative from TSC, however, declined to comment on the transfer issue noting that she was not aware of the matter. 

    She further clarified that services had not been halted at the TSC headquarters but only scaled down to observe the Covid-19 directives issued by the Ministry of Health.

    "Nobody is being turned away. we are working but adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. We are providing services to both teachers and anyone else," noted Wababu.

    Efforts to get a comment from KUPPET Secretary Geberal Akello Misori were futile. 

    Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia addresses National Assembly's education committee on February 19, 2020.
    Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia addresses National Assembly's education committee on February 19, 2020.
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